Trainer John Gosden’s Oaks winner Taghrooda looks set to reign against her male rivals in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes

Taghrooda was so impressive when taking the Oaks at Epsom last month that she looks to have the quality to beat her older male rivals. Held in high regard by her connections the filly has been pitched in against two of her male stablemates; Eagle Top and RomsdalEagle Top won easily at the Royal meeting under the same conditions and will test the filly, whilst the Derby third Romsdal provides further depth to the Gosden team.

Perhaps the greatest threat to Taghrooda will come from Sir Michael Stoute’s Telescope who finally delivered on his potential when winning the Hardwicke Stakes last time out. Talked of as Derby horse, Telescope now looks a real contender for Group One success. The 2013 Irish Derby winner Trading Leather is trading at big prices for the race and deserves more respect from punters and may pull a surprise.

Horsted Keynes and Abseil both head to the valuable International (3.15) with big reputations. This could be the day when Abseil steps up and fulfils the promise shown at home.


Impressive winner at Epsom in the Oaks and always highly regarded, this classic filly has the ability to out it to her older male rivals in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Another Group One victory looks certain to fall the way of her trainer John Gosden.


This horse is talked of as being something special and almost certain of being capable of taking a big prize. With the whispers of group quality in his work at home it would not be a surprise if he lands this contest at a big price. Expect a bold show.


Archer would have noticed that this classy ex-Australian horse is now back at a distance that should suit. Archer would have been booked on this main chance in what looks to be a weaker Group Two.

Crockford’s Gambles of King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Day:

Ascot – Abseil e/w and Horsted Keynes e/w (3.15), and  Taghrooda (King George VI 3.50)

York – Short Squeeze (2.20), Long John (2.55) and Hoof It e/w (3.30)

Newmarket – The Gold Cheongsam e/w (3.20), Toofi e/w (3.55) and Mukhayyam (4.30)

Newcastle – Elizabeth Coffee (4.15)


(Featured Photograph – John Gosden at Glorious Goodwood 2013 by Stuart Rice)

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